Friday, October 30, 2009

The Grover Week that Was - And a little something about the rest of us too

We have our real Super Grover back! His stay in the hospital proved to be very worthwhile, and provided us with some answers and solutions to underlying issues that could very well be keys to getting this little champ to eat! I'm going to post all of that at the bottom, and you are more than welcome to read it, but first we're going to talk about some happy stuff.

We took the kids out for a pre-Halloween celebration tonight. Going against every morsel of sound logic, we drove from Dallas to McKinney for the Halloween in the Square (or somesuch). Naturally suburban traffic caused us to get there as the Police were unblocking the street - meaning that the event ended upon our arrival. But it did not matter.

Our kids were pure joys to watch. We had them both back, both healthier than either has been in any time that we can easily remember. Grover must have walked a mile all together - waving his arms and yelling at anyone who would pay him 2 seconds of attention. When you have a kid like this smiling from ear to ear yelling at you - it does nothing but make you smile uncontrollably.

And Avery was, well, Avery. I reserved her a domain name recently, and am thinking of ideas for a website for her. But she is alot like Grover in that her site will come with a purpose. If there is one thing she has - it is purpose. Determination. A lot to talk about (maybe not in English at this point - but the words fly out of her mouth). In short - she is a piece of work, and is going to make a difference in this world.

Wild Tangent - completely off topic:
We made a second abnormal Hood family decision #2 and ate at what we thought was Dodie's Cajun Kitchen - newly opened in Allen under the moniker of Dodie's Place. Suffice to say, it ain't Dodie's Cajun.

I have always lived by 3 major rules in life, and I have now added a 4th. The first three are:
never get less than twelve hours sleep
never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city
never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body.
Normally, when you stick stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese.

Let's add a quick 4th item. Sports bars that are dressed up as restraunts in suburban strip malls are not good places to eat - stay away.

Okay, now on to Grover. In case any doctors or research scientists find their way to this - I write this for you!

We found that he does have some abnormality in his thyroid - nothing of great concern from a clinical standpoint, but worth further investigation, as even the slightest of symptoms could serve as a tipping point for other, farther reaching issues. The main things that brought us hope was that his deficiency is often accompanied by fatigue and lack of appetite. I think we had both of those covered in spades by the end of last week.

Also, an Angel of sorts came to meet Jennifer on Thursday afternoon shortly before we were discharged. Well, not an Angel per se - but a wound care nurse. Angel definitely sounds better! She took one look at Grover's Gtube and provided an almost istant fix for the irritation and burning that has plagued him for the longest time.

So all in all - I give this week a solid A rating. Sure, I have not abided by rule #1 of my guide to life (12 hours sleep) - but our kids are great, the weather is turning and my wife still does not have any daggers or any cutlery for that matter tattooed on her body.

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  1. What a cutie Grover is! I watched the video from a few days ago with a huge smile on my face - his smile lights up a room - what a little blessing! I know y'all are from the Dallas area - but if you're ever in Houston and at Texas Children's - there is a pediatric surgery nurse named Kathy. She is the g-button guru and is my go to person for all questions I have about Elle's button...but it sounds like y'all may have already gotten some answers. Good luck with everything!